Denzel Mims, Baylor
Michael Pittman Jr., USC
Tee Higgins, Clemson
Chase Claypool, Notre Dame
As I wrote in my article here, the Dolphins need to get help at wide receiver in this draft. While none of my first round WRs fell to day 2, there are still some highly valuable players to be had that can upgrade a Dolphins offense that struggled last season.
Mims is a tall, speedy wide receiver that, when he’s at his best, can both take the top off a defense and/or catch a short ball and take it all the way. However, Mims needs to work on his routes and play with more urgency on a down-to-down basis before he can fulfill his potential. If Dolphins coaches can properly coach/motivate him, Mims could develop into a #1 WR. Prediction: Early round 2
Pittman is what would result if you crossed Jarvis Landry speed/catching with Devante Parker’s body. You get a big receiver with average speed but the ability to win “50/50 balls” at a much higher success rate. Pairing Pittman with Devante Parker in 2020 would give QB Fitzpatrick twice the fun of throwing deep passes up for grabs. Prediction: Early round 2
If you look at the stat sheets and his large chiseled frame, it’s hard to figure out why/how Higgins made it out of round one. However, Higgins doesn’t run crisp routes, has a hard time getting separation from defenders, and sometimes has issues with ‘concentration drops’. He has the tools to be a #1 WR but, unless he properly harnesses them, it will never be more than a 2nd/3rd WR. Prediction: Middle round 2.
Claypool is a tight end in a wide receiver’s body. He’s actually built quite similarly, and tested like, current Dolphins TE Mike Gesicki. Claypool racked up stats by bullying smaller corners but, in the NFL, he needs to refine his game if wants to succeed. Prediction: Round 3